Think “gay,” “straight,” and “bisexual” are all the words you need to know to describe sexuality? Think again. Language is evolving and you’ll get left behind if you aren’t paying attention. So we compiled this list of gender terms and definitions for 2019 that can help you stay up to date.
Why should parents care?
Remember how your folks didn’t seem to understand you, your friends, or the struggles you were facing? The same can be said for kids today, particularly in the area of gender and sexuality, which is much more fluid than it was even 10 years ago. And because kids are growing up in an era when matters of sexuality are more widely discussed and understood, their knowledge far surpasses yours.
Don’t worry — we’ve got your back. Here are some of the most essential terms and definitions for gender and sexuality so you can communicate with your kids (or at least understand them).
FIRST UP: What does LGBTQ+ stand for?
Actually, it’s more than LGBT… and Q, and IA… and now +. Here’s the breakdown.
- Queer and/or Questioning
- Asexual and/or Ally
What does the + symbol mean? To be inclusive to everyone, the LGBTQ full acronym has changed to add the plus at the end. This allows the acronym to cover new subsects of the community, such as these.
- Two-spirit – typically used by Native Americans or indigenous cultures to describe a third gender
- demisexual- describes someone that requires an emotional bond to form a sexual attraction
This begs for some more robust definitions. So, with that in mind…
What is Cisgender and Transgender?